The hallmarks of a truly great nurse are tremendous common sense, unflappability, depth and breadth of clinical knowledge and deep compassion. It is what separates a good nurse from a great nurse. Lori Andress '88 has these qualities in abundance."
Alumni Mission Award
The Alumni Mission Award is designed to recognize multiple graduates from the Academy who are living the GA mission: Independent in Thought, Confident in Expression, Compassionate in Spirit, Collaborative in Action, and Honorable in Deed. Nominees must be 10 years out or more from graduation (Class of 2011 or older).
The Alumni Mission Award is bestowed on a bi-annual basis and will be awarded during GA/PC Day & Alumni Weekend, November 12-13, 2021.
The nomination period for 2021 has now closed. We will begin accepting nominations for the Class of 2023 AMA Recipients in late fall. Please check back. Until then, if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our core GA Mission consists of 15 simple but profound words, 15 words that guide our actions and activities each day and every year.
INDEPENDENT IN THOUGHT
A leadership mindset begins with having the independence of thought necessary to seek and find the truth in all that he or she reads, sees, and hears.
CONFIDENT IN EXPRESSION
Independent thinkers become self-confident individuals. Teachers and staff members hear expressed time and time again how confidently GA students comport themselves. Alumni visits around the country remind us that the core of confidence built during GA years holds firm throughout adulthood.
COMPASSIONATE IN SPIRIT
Effective leadership also involves the ability to care about others, to realize that everyone we meet can teach us something valuable and, in turn, can learn something of value from us. True compassion: empathy that enables independent-minded, confident people to recognize that vulnerability is the connecting spirit within us all.
COLLABORATIVE IN ACTION
Collaborative action moves a group forward whether a community, a team, a company, etc... Active "followership" plays a significant role in a meaningful education. Well-educated people have learned when and how to dedicate themselves to the support of the whole.
HONORABLE IN DEED
The Mission Statement recognizes that without personal honor, curious, confident, compassionate people will not engender the trust needed to be effective leaders or followers. GA strives to teach students to hold themselves to the highest personal standards. To achieve this goal, adults in our community must be role models of trustworthy behavior.
2021 Alumni Mission Award Recipients
The Alumni Society Board is proud to announce the 2021 recipients (four in total) of the Alumni Mission Award! We will officially honor them on Thursday, November 11 prior to GA/PC Day & Alumni Weekend. Please enjoy reading excerpts from their nominations and learn how they are all Independent in Thought, Confident in Expression, Compassionate in Spirit, Collaborative in Action, and Honorable in Deed.
The year 2020 marked a turning point in alumni conversations about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Germantown Academy, and many of those conversations were spearheaded by Jessica Golson '06.
Whether she is sewing up knife wounds or taking bullets from a stomach, caring for those with COVID, Stephanie Lueckel, MD '96 puts everyone before herself and believes she is meant to save the patients with her knowledge, confidence, and compassionate spirit.
Helen Piszek Nelson '70 has lived a life committed to ensuring access to education, promoting international cultural connections, and cultivating lasting individual relationships.
2019 Alumni Mission Award Recipients
GA honored five Patriots with the inaugural Alumni Mission Award during the Alumni Weekend in November 2019.
Jennifer Ehinger '88 has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and the futures of poverty-stricken children of Uganda.
An educator and administrator for 38 years, Eugene Golson '76 brought about an unwavering commitment to excellence from both his students and his staff.
Over the past 15 years, Jay Talsania '82 has volunteered his time to operate on children in rural areas of Guatemala.
Meghan McVeigh Maciolek '97 created the GA Alumni Community Service Organization as a way for GA alumni to participate in community service opportunities and to mentor students, all in honor of her late father, Peter McVeigh 1760.
Leaving a successful career in the banking industry, Karla Ballard Williams '90 took a leap of faith and began service work by starting a chapter of the Urban League, an organization aimed at empowering people of color to achieve economic self-reliance, equality, power, and civil rights.